Phil Parkinson hailed John Johnston’s ‘ultimate positivity’ after Altrincham’s livewire winger secured their first victory of the season with a dramatic late winner at The J.Davidson Stadium on Tuesday night.

Alfreton had twice fought their way back on to level terms and were closing in on a hard-earned point until Johnston cut in from the left and hammered a rising drive in to the top corner to seal a 3-2 win.

With left-back Connor Hampson opening the scoring in spectacular style, centre-back James Jones claiming his third goal in four games and Josh Hancock making a welcome return from suspension, there was plenty to encourage Alty boss Parkinson.

He said: “It was a really entertaining, exciting, end-to-end game, and though I would like to have controlled it a bit more, it was ever so pleasing to get that first win under our belts.

“You could feel the relief round the place and a sense we are up and running now.

“It was a stunning goal by JJ to win it, and I thought he showed ultimate positivity to line his man up like that and get the shot away.”

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